Brett Favre shouldn't be an MVP candidate

11/27/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

ESPN's Jemele Hill says that her pick for MVP is (gulp) Brett Favre. I suppose he belongs in the conversation, but the clear cut MVP? Not a chance. Here's her take:

"Truly great quarterbacks make everyone around them better. Pre-Favre, Sidney Rice was just another player with more potential than actual results. With Favre, Rice is developing into one of the league's best and is on pace to have his first 1,000-yard receiving season. Same goes for tight end Visanthe Shiancoe -- who already has matched his touchdown total from last season -- and virtually every offensive player on the Vikings."

This is all correct. However, there are some variables that Jemele (and everyone else) seems to forget.

Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are doing the SAME. EXACT. THING. The difference is that they don't have the benefit of following TARVARIS FREAKING JACKSON.

Sure, Sidney Rice and Visanthe Shiancoe are going to have better numbers with Favre than they did last year... because Jackson and Gus Frerotte are each somewhere between "terrible QB" and "mediocre game manager", and Favre actually stretches the field from time to time.

Throw Frerotte or T-Jack into the Colts offense for a few games, and please try to tell me that Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark would both be in the top 5 in the NFL in receptions. Please try to make the case that without Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne would still be leading the league in receiving yards.

For that matter, toss one of them on the Saints, and see if Marques Colston could have developed from a 7th-round pick at tight end, to one of the premier receivers in the game.

The bottom line is that no, those players would not be anywhere near the players that they are today, without their respective QB's.

Does Brett Favre make the Vikings offense better than it was with Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte? Yes. He absolutely does. But does that make him the most valuable? Hell no. Not in a million years.

Don't come in with some garbage about how he "single-handedly made the Vikings into the intimidating force they are now." He played a huge role, but that's simply not true.

Another thing to consider: Percy Harvin. Look at Brett Favre's numbers last year, and then look at them this year. While you're at it, look at Tim Tebow's numbers last year, and compare them to this year. Think it's a coincidence? Doubtful. I'm not saying Percy Harvin is the MVP, but there's something to be said about a player with his versatile skills.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you're buying into the Brett Favre MVP nonsense, then you really need to stop and think about the situation. Because clearly you're missing out on... well... pretty much everything.
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